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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Senior Airman Jennifer Laspino, 442nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, adjusts the position of an AGM-65 Maverick on a jammer to line up with an A-10 weapons pylon station. Master Sgt. Edward Coyle and Jim Smitka, both from the 442d AMXS, prepare to lock the missile to the station Sept. 17. Although the missiles are inert, pilots from the 442nd Fighter Wing fly training sorties with the missiles attached to practice targeting techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel A. Park) 
Jammin' on the Flightline

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2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Capt. Justin Grieve, 13th Bomb Squadron pilot, talks to former Capt. Charlie Taylor, a World War II veteran, during a tour of the base Sept 20. Captain Taylor, a B-24 Liberator pilot, and more than 100 of his fellow veterans visited the base as part of a reunion for the 485th Bomb Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Charles Larkin) Past and Present Come Together

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2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo -- A participant in the 509th Operations Support Squadron’s air traffic control tower evacuation training prepares to take the plunge into the drop shoot off the tower Sept. 18. The annual training conducted by the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department prepares Airmen to evacuate the tower in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cory Todd) Evacuation training

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Staff Sgt. Brian Frank, 509th Communications Squadron, catches his breath following a race in Eureka Springs, Ark. (Photo printed with permission of Brian Frank) Rising above the fitness challenge
National championship - these two words can push an athlete to their physical and mental limits, but exactly what does it take to make it to the nationals? Staff Sgt. Brian Frank, 509th Communications Squadron, knows what it takes. Sergeant Frank will compete against an elite group of off-road competitors in the Xterra U.S. National Championships
0 9/19
2007
Default Air Force Logo Hispanic Heritage Month
Presidential proclamation declared Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 as a time to reflect on the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to society. This time frame was selected because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This year's theme is "Hispanic
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2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Debbie Thompson, Whiteman Air Force Base Post Office, hands Airman 1st Class Cory Todd, 509th Communications Squadron, a letter with a commemorative postmark and Jimmy Stewart stamp to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force Sept. 18 at the post office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Linch) Airmen commemorate 60th anniversary through the mail
Airmen will have a unique opportunity to commemorate the Air Force's 60th anniversary Sept. 18 through Oct. 18. The Air Force and U.S. Postal Service have joined forces to offer a commemorative postmark that will be available for cancellation from Sept. 18 to Oct. 18 at 40 base post offices worldwide. The pictorial cancellation features the B-24
0 9/17
2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Senior Airman Derin Stark, 509th Security Forces Squadron, checks on Staff Sgt. Justin Schwartz, 509th SFS, at Ike Skelton Park Sept 12. Sergeant Schwartz was affected by a chemical attack during exercise Guardian Lite. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Cory Todd) Guardian Lite

0 9/17
2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Col. Garrett Harencak, 509th Bomb Wing commander, addresses the men and women of the 509th BW during a change-of-command ceremony Sept. 14. Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone relinquished command and travels to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to become the deputy commander of operations for U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Charles D. Larkin Sr.)                              

509th Bomb Wing conducts change of command
Col. Garrett Harencak took the reins of the 509th Bomb Wing from Brig. Gen. Greg Biscone during a change-of-command ceremony Sept. 14 at the 442nd Fighter Wing 5-bay hangar. Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder, 8th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony. Military change-of-commands are a time-honored tradition to formally symbolize the continuity of
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Guard and Reserve “to make the switch” to restructured TRICARE Reserve Select
National Guard and Reserve members currently in the TRICARE Reserve Select health care plan must sign up for the restructured TRS by Sept. 30, in order to continue their coverage. Effective Sept. 30, the "old" TRS ceases to exist. A restructured TRS begins Oct. 1. "Don't forget to make the switch" should be the motto of the day as current TRS
0 9/12
2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --  Refurbishments to the B-29 static display at the Spirit Gate are scheduled to be complete Oct. 2. Painting scheduled for Sept. 22-23 will force the closure of the Spirit Gate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m both days. The B-29 Superfortress, the most advanced bomber to see operational service in World War II, was used in the conventional and low-level night incendiary attacks against Japan. The aircraft was also the world’s first nuclear delivery vehicle with B-29’s from the 509th Composite Group dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The original “Great Artiste” which this display aircraft commemorates, was the only aircraft to fly on both atomic bomb missions and was later lost during a crash landing at Goose Air Base, Labrador Canada in 1949. During the atomic bomb missions, it was loaded with scientific equipment designed to measure the effects of the atomic attacks. The B-29 on display is actually SB-29, Serial Number 44-61671, but painted and marked to depict B-29, Serial Number 44-27353, assigned to the 393d Bombardment Squadron of the 509th Composite Group in the Pacific Theater during 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel A. Park) Putting on a shine

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